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CHIR13011 - Mental Health and Chiropractic Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Within your role as a Chiropractor you will encounter clients experiencing many differing forms of mental health challenge which affect their presentation and recovery, as such during this unit you will develop communication skills, recognise alterations in mental health and gain knowledge of therapeutic options and referral pathways available to consumers. As mental health challenges are over represented in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and a number of other communities in Australia you will also examine cultural aspects affecting individual recovery.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite:

CHIR12007 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2017

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Online Test 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
All of the information was easily accessible, relevant and at a level suitable for our understanding. Assignment information video uploads were especially helpful to outline specifics regarding each portion of what was expected from our submission. Overall an interesting and enjoyable unit
Recommendation
The recommendations from previous offerings have been implemented regarding a more clearer and well developed Moodle navigation platform to improve student experience.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator provided lectures that were recorded in Echo360 and supported the content for each week. There was attention to providing a concise well laid out Moodle page for this unit.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Very interesting content and delivered in a way that was easy to understand. Martin Harris always responded quickly to email queries and always helpful with explanations
Recommendation
Student questions were addressed within 24 hours where possible.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator responded quickly to email queries and was always helpful with explanations to students on content or questions that was usually with 24 hours of their requests.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
The outline of the first assessment task could've been outlined more clearly. For example, one of the questions the assessor wanted us to do a MSE on the patient, however it wasn't stated it in the assessment outline, but only in the marking rubric. I think these two things need to be reflective of each other.
Recommendation
The feedback is taken into consideration and being refined with each offering, we are working on delivering a high quality unit to address all learning outcomes and assessment tasks.The unit coordinator will look at undertaking professional development in setting clearer assessment requirements for future tasks.
Action Taken
The outline of the assessment task was reviewed by the unit coordinator and modified to improve the student learning experience.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
In a perfect world, this information would probably be better delivered over an intensive weekend with perhaps a brief online preparatory component coming into the course as much of this information would seem to lend itself to instructor led role play in small groups.
Recommendation
The subject matter may not lend itself to be delivered in a intensive weekend format, however this will be discussed with the chiropractic faculty.
Action Taken
The unit has been reviewed by the course committee and has been approved to be offered as a new unit -Mental Health Literacy for Health Professionals in the first year of the course.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
As much as I don't like Distance subjects I thought this one was quite good. The text book was easy to follow which made reading it more enjoyable
Recommendation
An ebook of the text Pocketbook of Mental Health was placed in Moodle and helped enhance the learning experience for students. Regular engagement of the unit coordinator with the students was maintained throughout the term.
Action Taken
The Mosby ebook Pocketbook of Mental Health provided a foundation for students to learn about mental health and the students noted the unit coordinators enthusiasm for the subject matter.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
The "in practice" videos were great insights into how we might deal with client's who present with mental health concerns in future practice.I particularly thought that the lecture regarding the responsibilities of running a clinic was invaluable
Recommendation
Practicing clinicians in the field as well as real world scenarios and current issues were used as examples to maintain student engagement and interest in the unit and assist the students with their future practice.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator tried to make the unit interesting and enjoyable by using real life scenarios and clinicians tips and tricks in practice thanks to the previous unit coordinator Paul Oliveri who interviewed these clinicians.
Source: Direct student Feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Students felt this unit helped to reinforce an understanding of the importance of how to deal with patients that present with mental health issues in a clinical setting.
Recommendation
This unit will be taught as part of a new first year unit titled Mental Health Literacy for Health Professionals. In this unit students will develop awareness of mental health issues and help them better understand the patients they may encounter during outreach activities in the early stages of their studies. This unit will set the platform for their practice as health care professionals.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Direct student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Students reported the best part of this unit was the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course which some students believe should be a compulsory part of this unit. The students found the (MHFA) course a very valuable experience and got a lot from it.
Recommendation
This shall be reviewed and discussed with the discipline and any impacts this might have on timetabling and time commitment to this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Direct student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Some students reported having only 2 pieces of assessment both worth 50% really put the pressure on. They also commented that it would maybe be better to have another assessment piece (like a mid-term quiz) worth a little bit of % so that it is not all weighing on two assessments alone
Recommendation
This shall be reviewed and discussed with the discipline to see if an additional assessment item would improve the student learning experience.The unit coordinator will also discuss and redo the online test component in consultation with Chiropractic team to improve future units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify different presentations in people experiencing mental health challenges
  2. Discuss the therapeutic options available for people who may be experiencing different forms of mental health challenges
  3. Apply the principles of interpersonal communication and professional behaviours to the standards expected of a health professional
  4. Compare and contract classification systems and the recovery based framework.

This unit is linked to external accreditation requirements for the CB77 course of study.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test